Our regular music films return with a new format: Before every film we present live on-stage music from 7pm with local artists, bringing great film and Ipswich's indie music scene together once a month.
For this performance we welcome Belinda Shave with Exit 13 to the stage from 7pm.
Jimmy Cliff brings a knockout soundtrack and charisma aplenty to this classic crime drama. A film that needs no introduction to anyone with so much as the slightest interest in reggae or Jamaican culture, THE HARDER THEY COME celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Besides its credentials as an explosive action thriller with a killer soundtrack, it is universally credited with introducing reggae and the roots movement to the world as a serious cultural proposition. Perry Henzell’s unfiltered portrait of Jamaica’s music industry, the emerging Rasta faith and how so many Jamaicans lived, both in the town and the country, redefined a genre of music, giving it context and weight. Five decades on, that excitement and sense of discovery remain undimmed.
Music Nights are sponsored by Backwater Records.
With a small film crew, Wim Wenders accompanied his old friend Ry Cooder, who had previously written the music for PARIS, TEXAS and THE END OF VIOLENCE, on a trip to Havana. Cooder wanted to record his material for Ibrahim Ferrer’s solo album at a studio there - following the first “Buena Vista Social Club” CD (which had not yet been released at that time). Wenders immersed himself in the world of Cuban music. Over the course of several months, he observed and accompanied the musicians - first at home in Havana and then, weeks later, in April 1998, on their trip to Amsterdam for the first public performance of the band (who had never played together outside a studio) and then, still later, in July 1998, to their triumphal concert in New York’s Carnegie Hall.
He thus followed the old heroes of the traditional Cuban Son music on their path from being completely forgotten to becoming world famous - within the period of just a few months. “I thought I’ll shoot a documentary,” Wenders said, “and here we were, about to witness a fairy tale that no one could have imagined in this form.”
The music documentary became a cinematic sensation and an international success. Along with an Academy Award nomination for the best documentary film, BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB won this category of the European Film Awards, the German Film Prize in Gold, Germany’s Golden Camera and the Grand Prize for Film in Brazil as well as numerous other awards.
Hailed as one of Satyajit Ray’s greatest films, THE BIG CITY is set in 1960s Calcutta, where gender roles, economic and social values are rapidly changing. Ray’s muse Madhabi Mukherjee plays the lead role of Arati, a middle-class housewife who’s compelled to take the job of a saleswoman in order to support her family. Her recognition of worker’s rights and her own financial empowerment challenges patriarchal attitudes both in and outside the home, and when her Anglo-Indian colleague is sacked she resigns in protest. This powerful, progressive film also marks the debut of Jaya Bhaduri, who would go on to become a leading Bollywood actor.
Jodie Comer (KILLING EVE) makes her West End debut in the UK premiere of Suzie Miller’s award-winning play.
Tessa is a young, brilliant barrister. She has worked her way up from working class origins to be at the top of her game; defending; cross examining and winning. An unexpected event forces her to confront the lines where the patriarchal power of the law, burden of proof and morals diverge.
Prima Facie takes us to the heart of where emotion and experience collide with the rules of the game.
Justin Martin directs this solo tour de force, captured live from the intimate Harold Pinter Theatre in London’s West End.
Please note: there is no interval during this performance.
This summer we're giving you the opportunity to see the restored version of STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE - THE DIRECTOR'S EDITION on the big screen for the first time!
In 2001, director Robert Wise revisited the film to refine the edit and enhance the visual effects. His updated vision was released on DVD in standard definition and embraced by fans but has never been available in higher definition until now. Meticulously assembled and restored by producer David C. Fein with preservationist Mike Matessino, both of whom originally collaborated with Wise, the film has been prepared for presentation in 4K with a new powerful and immersive sound mix. Fein and Matessino assembled a team of special effects experts, led by returning visual effects supervisor Daren Dochterman, and utilized the extensive resources in the Paramount Archives to recreate the effects in Ultra HD. After more than six months of painstaking work, the updated movie looks and sounds better than ever while staying true to Wise’s original and grand intention.
Get ready to meet some runaway rodents with an earth-shattering secret! Suspenseful and heart-warming, this beautifully animated odyssey stars Mrs. Brisby, a mild-mannered mother mouse with a plan to move heaven and earth (or at least her house and home) to save her family from Farmer Fitzgibbons’ plow!
The second film in our VHS FRIDAYS strand is another home video classic, first appearing in cinemas in the summer of 1987. PREDATOR is FIRST BLOOD meets ALIEN and is one mean mutha fu-- we mean terrific science-fiction thriller directed by John McTiernan, just a year before DIE HARD made him Hollywood's most sought-after action director.
Arnold Schwarzenegger leads an elite squad of U.S. Army commandos to a remote region in the South American jungle, where they've been assigned to search for government officials who've been kidnapped by terrorists. Instead they find a bunch of skinned corpses hanging from the trees and realize that they're now facing a mysterious and much deadlier threat.
MAD GOD is a fully practical stop-motion film set in a Miltonesque world of monsters, mad scientists, and war pigs.
In 1987, legendary visual effects and stop-motion craftsman Phil Tippett embarked upon an ambitious personal project, fabricating and animating a darkly surreal world in which the creatures and nightmares of his imagination could roam free. Phil produced dozens of environments and hundreds of puppets for the project, filling notebook after notebook with thousands of detailed sketches and storyboards.
Decades after the success of Tippett Studio forced production into stasis, a group of animators at Tippett Studio came upon boxes of shelved props and puppets. After viewing the original footage, they convinced Phil to resurrect the project. The small group began volunteering their weekends to MAD GOD, and before long it had snowballed into a crew of more than 60 artists. A wildly successful KickStarter campaign provided funding for materials and equipment (our MD, Dan contributed to the campaign, believing wholeheartedly in Phil's grand vision).
Each piece of MAD GOD is hand crafted, independent and created from the heart. Sometimes that heart is bursting with love for the craft, while other times it's macabre, punctured, and bleeding. MAD GOD is a mature film crafted from techniques & technologies that span the history of cinema and the career of a true animation mastermind.
We're absolutely thrilled to bring this monumental work to Suffolk audiences.
In 1957, a gigantic iron man crash lands from outer space in Rockwell, Maine. After reassembling itself, the giant is discovered by nine-year-old Hogarth Hughes (voice of Eli Marienthal), who helps it to conceal itself while feeding on scrapyard cars. Hogarth is assisted by beatnik Dean McCoppin (Harry Connick Jr), unaware that government agent Kent Mansley (Christopher McDonald) is already on the trail of what he regards as an 'alien invader'. A delight from beginning to end, THE IRON GIANT is a modern classic for the ages.
One of the key films of the New German Cinema, ALICE IN THE CITIES marked the emergence of Wim Wenders as one of the most distinctive European filmmakers of the 1970s. It is also widely accepted to be one of the director's most poignant films and the first to be shot partly in the United States.
Philip Winter, a journalist with writer's block, becomes the guardian of eight year-old Alice (Yella Rottlander) when her mother leaves the girl with him briefly at an American airport, only never to return. Back in Germany, an unlikely friendship develops between the two as they embark on a journey to find Alice's grandmother.
Through Rudiger Vogler's portrayal of the embittered Winter, Wenders presents a stark but witty account of the changing face of Europe, the onset of global consumerism and the influences of American pop culture.
As a violent storm rages in modern day Amsterdam, fiery teenager Kitty – the imaginary friend that Anne Frank’s famous diary is addressed to – comes magically to life in the house where Anne took refuge with her family.
Believing Anne to still be alive, Kitty embarks on a journey to find Anne, and finds herself both shocked by the modern world and amazed by Anne’s vast legacy.
WHERE IS ANNE FRANK is a heartfelt, visually stunning animated film from the director of WALTZ WITH BASHIR, that retells the famous story for a new generation.
The historical drama that brought Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton together stars Taylor as the queen of all Egypt and Burton as her Roman lover Mark Antony. Unfortunately, her alliance with Caesar (Rex Harrison) runs deeper than politics - a situation that takes both empires to the brink.
Spanning three years, the film's production was as epic and tempestuous as the story it tells with conflict rife on set, Taylor falling ill for months, and a budget that nearly killed 20th Century Fox. Quite simply unmissable cinema at every level.
Before anybody corrects us on the release year here... THE KING OF COMEDY was made and finished in 1982, and released in Iceland on 18 December of that year. But just to be clear, we're not showing the Icelandic language version!
Academy Award Winner Robert De Niro, Jerry Lewis and Sandra Bernhard give mesmerizing performances in this “chilling black comedy” (TV Guide’s Movie Guide) that explores the painfully high and often hilarious price of fame. Desperate to be a star, struggling stand-up comedian Rupert Pupkin (De Niro) enlists the aid of his fanatical friend Masha (Bernhard) to kidnap talk show host Jerry Langford (Lewis). The ransom? A guest spot for Pupkin. The results? Outrageous! THE KING OF COMEDY stands as Scorsese’s prophetic masterpiece which confronts a celebrity culture that “looks more disturbingly current with each passing year” (Lucia Bozzola, All Movie Guide).
Katherine Parkinson (THE IT CROWD) and John Heffernan (DRACULA) lead the cast in Shakespeare’s romcom of sun, sea and mistaken identity.
The legendary family-run Hotel Messina on the Italian Riveria has been visited by artists, celebrities and royalty. But when the owner’s daughter weds a dashing young soldier, not all guests are in the mood for love.
A string of scandalous deceptions soon surround not only the young couple, but also the adamantly single Beatrice and Benedick.
Following the award-winning success of National Theatre Live’s ROMEO & JULIET, TWELFTH NIGHT and ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA, director Simon Godwin returns with this irresistible comedy, broadcast live from the National Theatre stage.
STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN - DIRECTOR'S CUT arrives in UK cinemas for the first time in a new restoration!
As Admiral James T. Kirk and Captain Spock monitor trainees at Starfleet Academy, another vessel from the United Federation of Planets is about to try out the planet-creating Genesis Device in a seemingly deserted portion of space. In the process, two Starfleet officers are captured by Khan, an enemy Kirk thought he'd never see again. Once more, Kirk takes the Enterprise's helm, where he meets Khan's ship in an intergalactic showdown.
As an adolescent enthralled by his novel Slaughterhouse-Five, director Robert Weide wrote a letter to Kurt Vonnegut, proposing to make a documentary on the author
Surprisingly, Vonnegut agreed, and the two struck up a decades-long collaboration that grew into an enduring friendship. Filled with rare archival footage and interviews with family, colleagues and Vonnegut himself, Weide’s portrait offers a deep, intimate look into the life and work of one of the giants of American literature.
From the mind of Oscar winner Jordan Peele (US, GET OUT) comes NOPE, a typically disruptive, ingeniously terrifying reimagining of the summer blockbuster.
Emerald (Keke Palmer) and OJ (Daniel Kaluuya) are sibling caretakers of a horse ranch based out of a lonely gulch in inland California.
When the pair stumble upon an uncanny and chilling discovery one night, they find themselves and the gulch’s residents exposed to a mysterious force that seems to affect both human and animal behaviour.
Having escaped starvation and tyranny in their homeland of Zimbabwe, four refugees have conquered the odds to become South Africa's top sommeliers. Driven by relentless optimism, a passion for their craft and unshakeable national pride, they form Zimbabwe’s first-ever wine tasting team and set their sights on the coveted title of ‘World Wine Tasting Champions’. From the moment they arrive in France to compete, this team of mavericks turns an establishment of privilege and tradition on its head. A truly uplifting documentary that celebrates just how irrepressible the human spirit can be.
Katia and Maurice Krafft loved two things — each other and volcanoes. For two decades, the daring French volcanologist couple roamed the planet, chasing eruptions and documenting their discoveries.
Ultimately, they left a legacy that forever enriched our knowledge of the natural world. Director Sara Dosa and the filmmaking team fashion a lyrical celebration of the intrepid scientists’ spirit of adventure, drawing from the Kraffts’ spectacular archive.
FIRE OF LOVE tells a story of primordial creation and destruction, following two bold explorers as they venture into the unknown, all for the sake of love.
This film contains some subtitled sequences.
Katsuhiro Ôtomo’s seminal anime – a striking, hyperkinetic adaptation of his own manga – almost single-handedly introduced the genre to audiences outside of Japan.
It’s 2019, and in a dazzling Neo-Tokyo bikers cruise the Blade Runner-esque streets and do battle with military scientists and a telekinetic child. Impeccably detailed with fluid, jaw-dropping action, AKIRA remains a stunning cinematic achievement.
KINGS OF THE ROAD is about a friendship between two men: Bruno, aka “King of the Road” (Rüdiger Vogler), who repairs film projectors and travels along the inner-German border in his truck, and the psychologist Robert, aka “Kamikaze” (Hanns Zischler), who is fleeing from his own past. When Robert drives his old VW straight into the Elbe river, he is fished out by Bruno. This is the beginning of their shared journey through a german no-man’s-land, a journey that leads them from the Lüneburg Heath to the Bavarian Forest.
Wenders began the film without a script. Instead there was a route that he had scouted out beforehand: all of the little towns along the Wall that still contained a movie theater in this era of cinematic mass extinction. The old moving van with the film projectors in the back becomes a metaphor of the history of film - it is no coincidence that the film is dedicated to Fritz Lang.
This “men’s story” also treats the themes of the absence of women, of loneliness and of post-war Germany. At one point Bruno says to Robert: “The Yankees have colonized our subconscious.”
Tubular Bells, one of the iconic musical works of the 20th century, and the highest-selling instrumental album of all time is approaching its 50th anniversary. To mark this, an epic new stage production has been commissioned that re-invents the album with an incredible cinematic score, live musicians, and performers.
This all-new contemporary masterpiece incorporates the beauty of the original music with dance and acrobatic feats that create not only a visual spectacular, but also a musical tour-de-force. The show also includes Moonlight Shadow, Mike Oldfield’s biggest single hit, along with Summit Day, from his Guitars album, and The Gem, a new work by Musical Director Robin Smith. Filmed at the world-famous Royal Festival Hall over three ground-breaking nights, this is a magical concert that is not to be missed.
David Cronenberg returns to body horror with the astonishing CRIMES OF THE FUTURE, which prompted a 6-minute standing ovation and notorious reactions at Cannes this year.
As the human species adapts to a synthetic environment, the body undergoes new transformations and mutations. With his partner Caprice, celebrity performance artist Saul Tenser publicly showcases the metamorphosis of his organs in avant-garde performances.
Timlin, an investigator from the National Organ Registry, obsessively tracks their movements, which is when a mysterious group is revealed.
Their mission – to use Saul’s notoriety to shed light on the next phase of human evolution.
The following performances are captioned for the deaf and hard of hearing: Tuesday 27 Sep at 2.30pm and Thursday 29 Sep at 2.30pm.
After losing his job and his girl, LA punk Otto (Emilio Estevez) is employed to repossess cars. Not only does he have to tangle with their irate owners, but he finds himself in the midst of a strange and crazy world. A very weird and wonderful debut feature from Alex Cox with a great punk soundtrack!
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In the West End of 1950s London, plans for a movie version of a smash-hit play come to an abrupt halt after a pivotal member of the crew is murdered. When world-weary Inspector Stoppard (Sam Rockwell) and eager rookie Constable Stalker (Saoirse Ronan) take on the case, the two find themselves thrown into a puzzling whodunit within the glamorously sordid theater underground, investigating the mysterious homicide at their own peril...
The following performance is captioned for the deaf and hard of hearing: Tuesday 4 Oct at 2.30pm.
A rollicking new comedy by Richard Bean (ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS) and Oliver Chris (TWELFTH NIGHT).
After an aerial dog fight, Pilot Officer Jack Absolute flies home to win the heart of his old flame, Lydia Languish. Back on British soil, Jack’s advances soon turn to anarchy when the young heiress demands to be loved on her own, very particular, terms.
Emily Burns directs this spectacularly entertaining new version of Sheridan’s The Rivals. Featuring a cast including Caroline Quentin, Laurie Davidson, Natalie Simpson and Kelvin Fletcher.
Over the years, star Kurt Russell and master of horror John Carpenter have teamed up on a multitude of films (BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA and ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK to name two) but of all their collaborations, 1982's horror/sci-fi amalgam THE THING surely tops the list.
A research team based out in the snowy wilds of Antarctica find themselves besieged by a terrifying, shape-shifting creature which has found its way into their base. When it becomes clear that the creature can take the form of any organism it so chooses, the tension within the team reaches breaking point any one of them could be... THE THING.
Emilia Clarke (GAME OF THRONES) makes her West End debut in this 21st century retelling of Anton Chekhov’s tale of love and loneliness.
A young woman is desperate for fame and a way out. A young man is pining after the woman of his dreams. A successful writer longs for a sense of achievement. An actress wants to fight the changing of the times. In an isolated home in the countryside, dreams lie in tatters, hopes are dashed, and hearts broken. With nowhere left to turn, the only option is to turn on each other.
Following his critically acclaimed five-star production of CYRANO DE BERGERAC, Jamie Lloyd brings Anya Reiss’ adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s classic play to stage. Filmed live in London’s West End with a cast including Tom Rhys Harries (WHITE LINES), Daniel Monks (THE NORMAL HEART), Sophie Wu (FRESH MEAT) and Indira Varma (GAME OF THRONES).
We began our 1982 season with a future noir (BLADE RUNNER), depicting a city overrun with "progress", so we felt it fitting to end the season with a documentary about the slow crawl of technology into urban life - and our dependence on it.
ko yaa nis qatsi (from the Hopi language) n., 1. crazy life 2. life in turmoil; 3. life out of balance; 4. life disintegrating; 5. a state of life that calls for another way of living.
Told without dialogue, narration, cast or characters, KOYAANISQATSI is a dizzying, hypnotic example of cinema set to an extraordinary score by Philip Glass. It contrasts natural beauty with a population ever more dependent on modern technology.
Shot on a low budget in New York City and the American South West, the film found support from Francis Ford Coppola where it found a larger audience and has gone on to become a cult classic.
A witch hunt is beginning in Arthur Miller’s captivating parable of power with Erin Doherty (THE CROWN) and Brendan Cowell (YERMA).
Raised to be seen but not heard, a group of young women in Salem suddenly find their words have an almighty power. As a climate of fear, vendetta and accusation spreads through the community, no one is safe from trial.
Lyndsey Turner (Hamlet) directs this contemporary new staging, designed by Tony Award-winner Es Devlin (THE LEHMAN TRILOGY). Captured live from the Olivier stage at the National Theatre.
An extraordinary new production of Shakespeare’s most enduring tragedy, directed by Clint Dyer with a cast that includes Giles Terera (HAMILTON), Rosy McEwean (THE ALIENIST) and Paul Hilton (THE INHERITANCE).
She’s a bright, headstrong daughter of a senator; elevated by her status but stifled by its expectations. He’s refugee of slavery; having risen to the top of a white world, he finds love across racial lines has a cost.
Wed in secret, Desdemona and Othello crave a new life together. But as unseen forces conspire against them, they find their future is not theirs to decide.
OTHELLO is filmed live on the Lyttleton stage of the National Theatre.